Crimson Trace by Varian Brandon
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Crimson Trace

Knitting
March 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
35 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in color work on larger needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
1000 - 1900 yards (914 - 1737 m)
A:32.91 in [B:34.97 in, C:37.03 in, D:39.09 in, E:41.14 in, F:43.20 in, G:45.26 in, H:47.31 in, I:49.37 in, J:51.43 in] A:83.59 cm [B:88.82 cm, C:94.06 cm, D:99.29 cm, E:104.5 cm, F:109.73 cm, G:114.96 cm, H:120.17 cm, I:125.4 cm, J:130.63 cm]
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This sleeveless V-necked pullover is knitted in the round with steeks at the armhole and neck openings. Waist shaping, worked over increases and decreases at the side “seams”, is included for a closer fit. Armhole and neck shaping are worked at same time. The shoulders are sloped using smaller sized needles so the sweater shoulders do not stand away from natural shoulder and the pattern is not lost in decreases or short rows.

About sizing: Sizes listed are finished garment chest measurements. Fit depends on the amount of ease desired beyond actual chest size. For a close fit, add 1-2in (2.5–5cm); for a standard fit, add 2-4in (5–10cm); for a loose fit, 4-6in (10–15cm); and for an oversized, 6in (15cm) or more.

Information is given for the first size with larger sizes provided in square brackets . Where only one figure is given, the instruction applies to all sizes. You may find it helpful to circle all figures relating to your size with a colored pencil.

Traditionally, an even number of stitch repeats per round is included in garments of this kind…creating symmetry front to back. This practice also means the circumference increases by two stitch repeats from one size to the next (12 repeats to 14 repeats). With a stitch repeat of 18 stitches, this can mean an increase of 36 stitches (or over 4” with a gauge of 8.75 sts per inch).

In order to provide more size choices, odd numbered stitch repeats per round are included in this pattern. To maintain centered motifs in these sizes, the round begins on a different stitch than the even repeats. The different “start stitches” are noted on the Pattern Chart. The motif alignment is the same with both the even and odd repeat sizes. Be sure to read your knitting and make sure all motifs are aligned as indicated in charts.

Materials:
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 273 yards/ 50 grams
Shade A (7822 Van Dyke Brown): 124 150, 175, 175, 175, 200, 225, 225, 225, 250 yrds.
Shade B (8013 Walnut Heather): 325 350, 375, 400, 425, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575 yrds.
Shade C (8012 Doeskin Heather): 125 125, 125, 150, 150, 175, 175, 175, 200, 200 yrds.
Shade D (2401 Burgundy): 175 200, 200, 225, 250, 275, 275, 300, 325, 325 yrds
Shade E (9404 Ruby): 150 175, 200, 225, 225, 250, 250, 275, 300, 300 yrds.
Shade F (7824 Jack o’ Lantern): 75 75, 75, 75, 100. 100, 100, 100, 125, 125 yrds.
Shade G (7825 Orange Sherbet): 50 50, 50, 50, 75, 75, 75, 75, 75, 100 yrds.

Needles: 2 - US 2 (2.75 mm) 24 in. circular needles, 2 - US 0 (2.0 mm) 24 in. circular needles OR appropriate needles to obtain gauge.

Errata: Rnds 12-14 of Chart C foreground shades should be Shade D…to make the color shading symmetrical.

Armhole and Neck Shaping
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Work 61 66, 69, 73, 76, 79, 83, 86, 90, 92 sts and place the next st on a safety pin. PM. Cast on 10 steek stitches as a place holder for front neck opening. PM.

Back Neck Shaping and Shoulder Slope Shaping
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Change to second larger needle and work 19 20, 20, 22, 22, 22, 23, 24, 24, 25 sts. Place the next 49 55, 59, 59, 63, 65, 69, 69, 73, 69 sts on a holder. PM. Cast on 10 steek stitches. PM. Knit 19 20, 20, 22, 22, 23, 23, 25, 25, 26 sts.

Neck Rib:
Starting at back left (at the end of the back neck sts on holder), using smaller circular needles with Shade B, pick up and knit 86 86, 86, 90, 90, 86, 98, 98, 102, 126 sts over the left shoulder and along left side of neck. PM. Knit stitch from safety pin. PM.

Pick up and knit 86 86, 86, 90, 90, 86, 98, 978 102, 126 sts along right side of neck and over right shoulder. Knit stitches on back neck holder, decreasing 1 3, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5 sts evenly. Place marker to indicate beginning of round. 221 225, 229, 237, 241, 233, 261, 261, 273, 317 sts.